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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Talking Objects


Young people aged 16-24 explore and respond to the Lewis Chessmen, in support of their training and education.

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This film showcases the Talking Objects Collective projects 2012-2014, created by former project participants and Chocolate Films. Be inspired to think of the Museum and its collections in new ways...

Only Connect

Bringing the Lewis Chessmen to life through drama

In collaboration with Only Connect, 2014

Actors from Only Connect collaboratively produced this drama piece, inspired by the characters of the Lewis Chessmen.

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Dance United

Dance United

Exploring the Lewis Chessmen through dance: 
‘The Fearful Game’

In collaboration with Dance United, 2014

London Academy dancers took inspiration from the Lewis Chessmen to co-produce the choreography for this performance. It took place at the dancers’ graduation performance at RichMix, following the performance of excerpts at the British Museum.

Why are the Lewis Chessmen important?

In collaboration with Haverstock School, 2014

This film was created by members of Haverstock School in collaboration with Chocolate Films.

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What is the relationship between chess and football?

In collaboration with Street League, July 2013

This film was created by members of Street League as a creative output of their project.

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A website for registered users allows young people to continue their research and conversations between sessions at the Museum.

Talkin Objects Collective